I have had the best experience and thoroughly enjoyed the year. It's felt less like a placement and more like a starting job. I've had so much support and been given so much responsibility. I really feel like part of a team rather than just someone there for the year. Times I've struggled with the office dynamics, there's a particular culture at LOreal but even that's been a great learning experiencing something outside of my comfort zone working with different characters.
I've been given so much responsibility and supported in that. Even though I was always going to be there for just the year I've never felt like people didn't want to invest in means have always been willing to help. I think the fact I've been willing to learn and eager to try new things have made the team value me more and appreciate my contribution.
I feel like I've received a fair amount of support but not much feedback. I've had to push for this. I think if something went wrong and there was negative feedback you would definitely hear about but positive feedback is not that widely given. I've had a 3 reviews, at the start middle and end of my placement guiding me with objectives. This helped but don't define your time there with so many other things going on. Weekly catch ups I've found less useful in guiding my own progression, focusing operationally on what we had to get done.
After asking after a week for more work it's only got more. I haven't been left twiddling my thumbs once and I've effectively learnt to manage my own time to balance everything going on. I think it's definitely what you make it. If you only want to work 9-5 you can but I feel like I've got more out if it by being flexible to the business needs. I've also chosen to help and get involved with other projects and events because of the opportunity.
I think I've been really lucky during my time and been given a huge amount of responsibility of which I'm really greatful for. I've been able to really add value because of this. Some of the tasks have been something a more senior member would normally do but I've learnt so many valuable skills for later opportunities. When you think about the trust they put in interns it's mad, the company really wouldn't function without them.
I think the skills I've received will definitely aid me in a further career. For uni the role has bought theory to life and made me think logistically of what is actually possible considering restrictions i never even knew existed. I have learnt to be a lot more analytical, focusing on data and basing plans on evidence to gain the greatest return in investment.
Really great supportive atmosphere in the office. Althoigh sat in tears other teams aren't far away and are super willing to help. There are always celebrations happening for birthdays and events. Loads of brand success is also celebrated with games and drinks. A really collaborative office with the entire brand getting on.
I had to wait quite a long time to be offered the job after the assessment centre where I nearly accepted another role. On starting the placement the handover was really well structured but I wasn't 100% sure on the brand from the email is received so it was a slight surprise on starting. During the placement the set up of additional talks and support sessions was really strong. Practicalities have been made really straight forward and easy to complete.
I would say I pushed for progression and development. I wouldn't say they particularly invest in me but I was able to attend training and talks that were happening.
Really appealing. I would definitely consider the management trainee scheme. I don't know if any other companies where you get to experience such a broad range of markets and brands. I know the brand invest more in you as a graduate with training you don't receive until then.
There is a local pub which is full of LOreal employees and with summer hours everybody goes there on a Friday afternoon. Socials are set up by the intern committee every few months but not that many. Once you've got to know people you end up doing your own thing with people from work. There also events like the Christmas party which everyone is invited to.
Quite expensive but that's quite standard in London I feel. Living just away from work has worked out well and is a smart tube to work but close enough to run home. Socialising is expensive but you learn where to go and just have to limit yourself more. So many fun things to do.
There isn't really nightlife around the office but there are nice pubs. To go out I'd go to another part of London but that's never been an issue.
A few opportunities to get involved in teams for football or volleyball but that was about it. There are also yoga lessons every Wednesday.